Little bowl

Bowls, platters, table tops, etc. Things mounted on a faceplate or in a chuck that aren't covered elsewhere in the Turniing Forum

Little bowl

Postby loyd » Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:10 pm

I watched a video by Richard Raffan [Australian wood turner] that is on the AAW link page that Sid posted a while back. Doyle and I attended a demo by Richard in Provo Utah in 2004. One thing I've noticed is that when he demonstrates Richard uses a smallish blank [about 6 to 8 inches diameter]. It makes sense really since you can turn small items without much drama, do it quickly, and still show the techniques employed for open bowl turning. The link is the first half of the demonstration and the second half is right below it.

The technique Raffan demonstrates is much like the one I've used for many years to turn many bowls. I recommend that new turners go through it [it's not too long for both halves] and make up your own mind as to what parts to adopt as your method. I especially like the screw chuck method he shows and use the screw chuck attachment that came with my Stronghold chuck -- you can make one pretty easy with a chunk of wood and a lag screw if you prefer. Ask how on this forum if you want a tutorial on how to make the screw chuck. One of us will reply with the tutorial.

Just to prove a point, I made a bowl this afternoon in about an hour starting with a 1 1/2" x 5 x 5 dry walnut blank. I band sawed it round and turned this bowl.
Walnut bowl

Just as Raffan does in his demo, I used a chunk of beeswax, rubbing it on the spinning wood and rubbing it in with 4/0 steel wool and buffing it with a cloth.

It isn't just the best bowl on earth but in an hour it's worth the effort. And my little great granddaughter will enjoy it with her dolls.
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Re: Little bowl

Postby sid_matheny » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:27 am

Nice little bowl Loyd and I enjoy watching Richard Raffan's videos also.
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